How to Identify the Best HR Software for your Organization
With the latest generation of HR management software, companies can effectively manage their HR requirements and obligations. Identifying the best human resources software for your needs requires a good understanding of your business and a clear understanding of what you want your software to achieve. It is certainly not a good idea to rush in and purchase an application without this knowledge!
Do you have modest HR needs and are simply looking for a way to streamline the process and increase efficiency? Or do you have a larger, more dynamic workforce and need a leading management solution to keep in control? One you know what you need, now comes the task of choosing HR management software - and here the knowledge that you have of your business will really help you out.
There are some software solutions that are geared towards larger companies with growing workforces, and some that are dedicated to payroll or employment contracts and handbooks. At the other end of the spectrum there are integrated HR software suites that offer management functions for all aspects of payroll, including learning & development (for companies that offer training), job application tracking (popularly used by recruiters) and payroll (which is popular as a service, though surprisingly easy to implement with small companies that choose the right software).
Integrated suites allow a company to manage practically every aspect of human resources, but due to their expense these are not the best choice for companies that only have a few specific areas to manage. Once you know which exact aspects of HR you need to manage, it is as such the best idea to search first for applications which deal with that area specifically. In contrast to integrated, full-scale solutions, almost any business can benefit from an application-specific solution such as employee contracts or handbooks software, when chosen carefully.
The following points will help you to find the best human resources software for your needs:
- Every reputable provider will provide testimonials which explain the good points of the software. Reading through these will help you understand the overall user experience and how well the software has solved user problems.
- Does the software update automatically? The best human resources software, including staff handbooks software and employment contracts software, will update when changes have been made to the relevant area of HR law.
- What type of user is the software designed for? Any good HR software package will go into plenty of detail and will allow for precise control of human resources, but some packages are more suitable for HR novices than others. Some are marketed as “easy to learn/use” and these can be particularly useful if you are unconfident and want to learn as you go along.
- Licenses. Software generally comes with a license that you renew annually or monthly. Prices vary dramatically depending on the software and the provider in question. Make comparisons to find the best solution for a given price.
Mark Spencer is a BrightContracts.ie Marketing Specialist, with over 15 years experience in the Marketing field and Direct Marketing Techniques.